Obituaries for May

Patricia C. Eaker

CHARLOTTE – Patricia Cleo Cowan Eaker, 80, of Charlotte, died April 20, 2012, at Harris Hospice at Presbyterian Hospital.

Born Oct. 7, 1931, in Tulsa, Okla. to the late Admiral Dewey Cowan and Frances Ramsey Cowan, Ms. Eaker was a member of Mountain Island Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Davis, of Charlotte; sons, Paul Ness Smith, of Portland, Ore., Jimmie D. Davis, of California, and Richard E. Davies, of Olympia, Wash; brothers, sisters and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Arnold Max Eaker, preceded her in death.

A graveside service, officiated by Terry Wheeler, was held April 24 at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Boyd Arndt

MOUNT HOLLY – Boyd Arndt, 86, of Mount Holly ,died April 4, 2012, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Born in Catawba County, Mr. Arndt was a son of the late Everett and Nell Danner Arndt. He graduated from Lenior-Rhyne College and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a member of Naval Task Force 58, which led the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a charter member of the Mount Holly Life Saving Crew and participated in various hunting clubs. He was retired from the Mount Holly post office.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Calvert Arndt; a brother, John Lewis Arndt and wife, Frances, of Hartwell, Ga.; a sister-in-law Nancy Calvert, of Fairfax, Va.; and three nieces.

A funeral service was held April 10 in the Woodlawn Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed in Hillcrest Gardens.

Robert L. Wilkinson Sr.

CHARLOTTE – Robert (Bobby) Lewis Wilkinson Sr., 82, of Charlotte, died April 14, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Born in Charlotte on May 2, 1929, Mr. Wilkinson was a son of the late Robert William and Bessie Taylor Wilkinson. He attended Calvary Baptist Church of Charlotte at Mountain Island, where he was a member of the church’s Ideal Men’s Sunday school class and served as a deacon. He was retired from Consolidated Freight Lines where he worked as a driver.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Joyce (Honey) Boone Wilkinson; daughter, Cheryl Bowers and husband, Steve, and Cathy Bridges and husband, Tony, all of Charlotte; son, Bobby L. Wilkinson Jr. and wife, Joy, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Michael, Travis, Melissa, Tony, Jayme, Jenna, Alicia, Bobby III and Kurt; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Barbour.

A memorial service was held April 16 at Forest Lawn West Funeral home, and interment followed at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. His grandsons served as active pallbearers, while his fellow Sunday school class members and Calvary Baptist deacons serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Charlotte at Mountain Island, P.O. Box 2, Mt. Holly, NC 28120.

Freeman Carver

MOUNT HOLLY – Freeman Carver, 69, of Mount Holly, died April 19, 2012.

A son of the late Nevel and Vivian Crisp Carver, Mr. Carver was born in Graham County, served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Lighthouse Full Gospel Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Carver.

Survivors include wife, Mollie Louise Aiken Carver; a sister, Pat Welch and husband, Ray, of North Belmont; two brothers, Ricky Carver, of Robbinsville and Kyle “Pee Wee” Carver, of North Belmont.

A  celebration of life service, officiated by the Rev. Herman Winkler, was held April 23 at the of Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel.

Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

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